2012 Men's MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalists
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut
2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year and All-BIG EAST First Team… Has tallied seven goals and nine assists for 23 points… Nine assists rank tied for second in the BIG EAST Conference… Totaled 10 points on three goals and four assists in seven games against ranked opponents in 2012… Ranks No. 3 all-time at Connecticut with 42 assists and No. 14 all-time at UConn with 82 points on 20 goals and 42 assists… Led the BIG EAST in assists in 2010 with 14 and 2009 with 11… 2009 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year… All-BIG EAST First Team 2012 and 2010… All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2011… Has lost just two times at home in four years and 12 times overall… Has led UConn to the fourth longest home-unbeaten streak in NCAA history at 38 games heading into the NCAA Quarterfinals.
Don Anding, Northeastern
Amity Harbor, N.Y.
Started all 21 matches, and led the team with 35 points (14 goals, seven assists) … 2012 CAA Player of the Year, CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and three-time CAA Player of the Week ... Led the CAA in points and goals, was tied for first in game-winning goals, and was second in assists ... Ranks 11th in the nation in both total points (35) and points per game (1.67) ... He was the first Husky since 1994 to notch 30 points in a season (Bjorn Hansen; 32), and was the first NU player since 1999 to have at least 14 goals in a season (Petter Starnas; 16) ... Finished his career fifth on the Northeastern record list for career points (62), third in career goals (25) and 10th in career assists (12).
Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
Ranks fourth in the NCAA with 41 total points, fifth with 16 goals and 19th with nine assists … Notched five multi-goal games, including three consecutive from Oct.6 – Oct. 13 … Put 55 of his 106 shot attempts on goal (.519) … Averaged 1.64 points per game, ranking 13th in the nation … Four-time National Team of the Week honoree … Senior CLASS Award finalist … Two-time Big South Attacking Player of the Year … Ranks sixth all-time for the Chanticleers with 39 goals in only 47 games played … Played in each of Coastal Carolina’s 25 games, drawing 22 starts and leading the Chanticleers to a 20-3-2 record.
Scott Caldwell, Akron
Caldwell is the 2012 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and an all-conference first-team honoree. The senior started all 22 matches this season for the Zips, who finished the regular season as the consensus No. 1-ranked team in the nation according to all five major polls and was awarded a No. 5 seed for the NCAA Tournament. Caldwell enters the week ranked eighth in the nation with a team-leading 10 assists on the year to go with a career-best nine goals, including game-winners against South Florida, West Virginia and Western Michigan. Furthermore, of his 10 assists, four led to game-winning goals in 2012. The native of Braintree, Mass., is also one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which celebrates student-athletes who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Caldwell carries 3.937 cumulative GPA as an accounting major at Akron.
Mamadou Doudou Diouf, Connecticut
2012 All-BIG EAST First Team… 2012 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year… Has notched a team-high 15 goals and 32 points… Ranks 13th in the NCAA in total points (32), eighth in goals per game (.75) and sixth in total goals (15)… 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team, 2010 All-BIG EAST Rookie Team… Has notched six goals in six career NCAA Tournament games… Has never lost at home and has helped lead UConn to the fourth longest home-unbeaten streak in NCAA history at 38 games heading into the NCAA Quarterfinals… Has averaged .60 goals per game over his career.
Andrew Farrell, Louisville
Was named the Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year … Started all 20 matches for the Cardinals ... Tied for third on the team with four goals … Has nine points on the year … Took 15 shots, with seven being on goal … Had the game winning goals against Notre Dame, which came off a penalty kick, and against Villanova … Also found the back of the net against Wake Forest and St. John’s … Only assist was against Ohio State … Named to Soccer America Team of the Week on Oct. 8 … Selected as BIG EAST Defender of the Week Honors three times during the season … Selected to Top Drawer Team of the Week three times during the year … Won BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year … Unanimous selection to All-BIG EAST First Team
Ryan Finley, Notre Dame
Played in all 22 matches and ranks second nationally in goals scored (21) and points (46) … ranks third nationally in goals per game (0.95) and fourth in points per game (2.09) … had six game-winning goals, including two golden goals … scored the golden goal in the title game of the BIG EAST Championship, a 3-2 double-overtime win over Georgetown … led the BIG EAST with 12 goals in league play and was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year … had six multiple-goal games, including one hat trick … Notre Dame posted a 17-4-1 record and was the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Championship.
Jose Gomez, Creighton
Santa Ana, Calif.
2012 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year ... 2012 First Team All-MVC … Named 2012 MVC Tournament MVP after scoring two goals at conference tourney ... Started all 22 matches for the No. 8 Bluejays this season ... Ranks No. 29 nationally and leads MVC with eight assists this season … Stands at No. 82 in the country and second in the MVC with 20 points this season (6 goals, 8 assists) … Earned the assist on all three CU goals at Princeton (10/9), the first Bluejay to accomplish the feat since Nov. 8, 2008 … Ranks second in conference with 58 total shots … Posted at least one shot attempt in each match this season and recorded a shot on goal in 16 contests … Named to TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week (11/12) ... Claimed MVC Offensive Player of the Week twice (10/22, 9/4) … Earned Men’s College Soccer National Player of the Week honors (10/15) from TopDrawerSoccer.com after posting six points in road victories at Princeton (10/9) and at UCA (10/13) … Also named to the College Soccer News and Soccer America National Teams of the Week (10/18) … Listed as No. 3 player in TopDrawerSoccer’s 2012 Midseason 100 to Watch list.
Daniel Haber, Cornell
Led Cornell with 18 goals, including a team-high five game-winning goals and 43 points…Played in all 17 games as the Big Red’s top forward…First Cornell men’s soccer player to ever be named Ivy League Player of the Year…won Ivy League Player of the Week five times during the year…Was Named All-Ivy First Team…Helped Cornell to its first Ivy League title since 1995 and first NCAA Tournament game since 1996. Leads the nation in points per game (2.53) and goals per game (1.06).
Robbie Kristo, Saint Louis
St. Louis, Mo.
Appeared in 20 games for the Billikens … led the team with 27 points on 11 goals and five assists … three of his goals went for game winners … took a team-high 58 shots, including 33 of them which found frame … registered more than two points in a game on five occasions … first-team All-Conference selection and named to A-10 All-Championship team.
Patrick Mullins, Maryland
ACC Offensive Player of the Year…ACC Championship Most Valuable Player…First Team All-ACC selection…leads the ACC in total goals (15) and points (38)…has tallied seven game-winners…registered a career-high eight assists…captain of highest remaining seed in the NCAA tournament…helped guide ACC champion Terps to a 19-1-2 overall record in 2012.
Steve Neumann, Georgetown
New Hope, Pa.
Started in all 23 games for the Hoyas up front ... Named First Team All-BIG EAST ... Ranks second on the team in scoring with seven goals and 12 assists for 26 points ... His 12 assists help him lead the team and the BIG EAST Conference ... Posted three game winners this season ... Shot 38 of his 87 shots on goal (.080) ... Georgetown went from an unranked team to the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and currently the Elite Eight ... Hoyas have tied the program record for season wins with 18 ... Hoyas tied for first in the BIG EAST Blue Division and advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game, falling in double overtime.
Dillon Powers, Notre Dame
Started all 22 matches in the central midfield and posted career-high totals in goals (5) and assists (9) … tied for 19th nationally in total assists … three game-winning goals … All-BIG EAST First Team … a team co-captain and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award … played 2,011 of a possible 2,044 minutes on the field this season … ended his career by playing in 73 straight games, including 60 consecutive starts … Notre Dame posted a 17-4-1 record and was the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Championship.
Devon Sandoval, New Mexico
Devon Sandoval led the Lobos in scoring this season with 15 goals to go along with his seven assists... His goal output was among the top ten in the nation and tied the conference lead in the MPSF... Sandoval was a three-time conference player of the week and a three-time member of TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Team of the Week... His season was highlighted by his historic hat trick and two assists in New Mexico’s 11-0 win over UNLV... He helped lead the Lobos to a second Sweet 16 appearance in as many years as UNM tied a program record for most wins in a two-year span with 35 combined wins in 2011 and 2012.
Chris Thomas, Elon
Started all 22 games this season for the Phoenix…led the nation in total goals (23) and total points (51) and was second in goals per game (1.05) and points per game (2.32)…Had nine game-winning kicks on the year including three against ranked competition…was 7-of-8 in penalty kicks on the season…was named the Southern Conference’s Player of the Month twice for September and October…Had seven multi-goal games…Named the SoCon’s Player of the Year for the second time…Made the All-SoCon first team for the second time in his career.